Fort Pierce Performing Arts Academy Receives Major Donation

The Fort Pierce Performing Arts Academy announced the donation of a baby grand piano. The piano was donated by Dr. Jimmy and Jan Autin.

Dr. Autin, a local ENT surgeon, has been very involved in the Treasure Coast music and theater scene since he and his wife, Jan, relocated here from New Orleans in 1984. He is currently performing with the McCartney Mania tribute act.

Dr. Autin said of his donation, “We love to help when we can with allowing our young ones exposure to music, art, and theater; especially those that may not be able to access this in the regular school system. The various programs offered at the Fort Pierce Performing Arts Academy are a great boon to the community, and should become even more so as they continue to grow…”

Fort Pierce Performing Arts owner expressed gratitude for Dr. Autin’s generosity. Angelone stated:

“It is exciting to bring this teaching studio and recording studio to downtown Fort Pierce. It is the perfect complement to the Sunrise Theatre and the Black Box, adding an instructional element and an intimate performance space for local use. We have been able to provide great programming in thanks to a grant from the Division of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida (Section 28,25, Florida Statutes).

This year we have been able to bring grammy award winning artists, international screenplay writers and other professionals to our community as artists in residence. Their work has had a phenomenal impact on local aspiring professionals. In the near future we will have another master class in screenplay writing on site, and a master class in movie directing, all presented by special guest professionals. We look forward to playing an exciting role in growing Fort Pierce as the Cultural Hub for the Arts on the Treasure Coast!”

The Fort Pierce Performing Arts Academy offers a summer music academy and private lessons for piano, strings, vocals, and brass. The program rents out its 40 seat black box theater their recording studio is now booking. Learn more at

Virtual Schools of Excellence Announces Partnership With Brighton College

Virtual Schools of Excellence,, is pleased to announce a partnership with Brighton College, offering dual enrollment college credits for Career and Technical Education. These courses leading to Associate Degrees and Industry Certifications will be available to students participating in all Virtual Schools of Excellence partner programs.

“Our students will advance their knowledge in a career field of their choice, gain the skills and knowledge to jump into a career while still in high school or right after graduation, all while experiencing the demands of a real-world career! The data indicates that students who engage in authentic career preparation from an early age, are more likely to continue in their studies to earn credentials, have higher graduation rates, and have potential to earn more than graduates with other degrees,” said Trina Angelone, CEO/Founder, Virtual Schools of Excellence.

“CTE addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills gap. We are proud to be able to bring this industry preparatory program to the VSOE students,” said Sam Fernandez, Executive Vice-President, Brighton College.

Brighton College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission and delivers top quality online certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs to students at an affordable price.

High school students involved in the Career and Technical Education are more engaged, perform better, and graduate at higher rates. A recent study by the Association for Career and Technical Education found that 81% of dropouts say that relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.

Programs available include career paths ranging from Allied Health, Pharmacy Technician, Business Accounting, CompTIA, and Customer Service Representative to Construction Services, Child Development Assistance, and Paralegal Studies. A full course catalogue is available.


Virtual Schools of Excellence (VSOE) is an accredited, Independent, Private online school. Virtual Schools of Excellence is accredited by AdvancEd (SACS/CASI), and is registered with the Florida Department of Education. As a 501(c)3 organization, VSOE is committed to offering a comprehensive approach to e-learning in an online environment. The program serves as a college preparatory online school which provides students with academic courses, honors and dual enrollment programs, career preparation, and faith-based programs. VSOE network partners offer a wide range of educational opportunities for all students.

VSOE provides students with a wide range of courses, online activities, live collaboration sessions, labs, projects and much more. In addition to completing their online assignments and activities, students are highly encouraged to collaborate with their teachers and peers through synchronous interactive sessions, internships, and real world experiential learning.


Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Blaise Ingoglia released the following statement about Vice Presidential Candidate Gov. Mike Pence delivering remarks at the Florida Republican Party Victory Dinner:

“The Republican Party of Florida is grateful and excited to announce that Governor Mike Pence will deliver remarks at our Victory Dinner on October 15! We eagerly await the powerful conservative message of victory to more than 1,000 of the most influential Republicans in the State of Florida who are ready to deliver this state to Mr. Trump. And we look forward to Pence’s steadfast leadership address at such an important time for Florida’s and this nation’s history,” said RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.

“Governor Mike Pence is a proven conservative leader who has spent his career advocating for solutions to strengthen our families, our economy and our country. Florida welcomes that message and we look forward to his Trump rally-call come October!” said Susan Wiles, Co-Chairwoman of Florida’s Trump Campaign.

Vote John Carvelli for PSL City Council

I’ve known John Carvelli for over 16 years. Over the years he’s been a great mentor, advocate, supporter, and friend. His knowledge and experience both professionally and on the school board make him the most qualified candidate for the job. But it’s his giving heart, genuine nature, and undying loyalty that make him the best person for the job. The PSL council will do incredible things with the additions of Jolien Caraballo, Stephanie Morgan, Councilwoman-Elect, and with your vote this November – John Carvelli.


Upcoming Opportunities To Get Involved

There are several opportunities to get involved in the upcoming week. Hope to see you at one of these:

Friday 9/9/16: St. Lucie For Trump Social at the St. Lucie Lanes (6759 US-1, Port St Lucie, FL 34952) from 5-7 P.M.

Saturday 9/10/16: Trump Victory Office Grand Opening at Republican HQ (6835 S US Highway 1, Port Saint Lucie, FL) from 1 – 5 P.M. Meet St. Lucie County Trump Campaign Chair Kelly Ruiz and sign up to be a Trump Volunteer. Light Refreshments will be served.

Saturday 9/10/16: FL Federation Of Republican Women – Treasure Coast “Make America Great Again” Luncheon at at The Olive Garden in Tradition (10221 SW Meeting Street, Port St. Lucie 34987) from 1 PM – 2 PM. Guest speaker: Dena Stebbins DeCamp, President of the Florida Federation of Republican Women (FFRW). Cost is $25.00.